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Kiko Alonso vs. Sheldon Richardson: Who Should Be NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Kiko Alonso’s production and constancy on the Buffalo Bills defense could earn him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting is projected to be a tight race between two AFC East impact players, Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

The ballots have already been cast, but the winner will not be revealed until this year’s NFL Honors on Feb. 1. Who deserves to win this year’s award? Below, staff writer Ryan Glaze argues Alonso’s case to be the first Buffalo Bill to win the award since Shane Conlan in 1987, while editor Dan Hope explains why his vote would go to Richardson.

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NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in Friday’s First Bowl Games

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman is the top prospect to watch when the Golden Gophers play Syracuse on Friday. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

Before Brigham Young and Washington take the field Friday night in the Fight Hunger Bowl (more to come), there are two earlier bowl games to watch Friday. The Maryland Terrapins (7-5) and the Marshall Thundering Herd (9-4) will face off in the Military Bowl (2:30 p.m., ESPN), while the Syracuse Orange (6-6) and the Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-4) will play in the Texas Bowl (6 p.m., ESPN).

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Breaking Down the 9-Way Race for the 6th AFC Playoff Spot

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a deciding factor in the AFC wild card race. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

At 4-7 and trailing in the AFC East by four games, making the playoffs isn’t supposed to be considered realistic for the Buffalo Bills.

While there have been 10 NFL playoff teams since 2007 with seven or more losses, only five of those teams have been wild card teams. And there is certainly a big difference between teams who finished the year 9-7 or even 8-8, and expecting the Bills, who have not won consecutive games yet this season, to put together a significant winning streak to secure a playoff berth.

Coming out of Buffalo’s Week 12 bye, however, the possibility should not be ruled out. And that isn’t just blind optimism from a Bills perspective. In the American Football Conference, in which only five teams have winning records, there are still nine teams with a realistic of being the AFC’s second wild card and sixth playoff team.

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Ranking Every Player on the Buffalo Bills Roster: 2013 Midseason Edition

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

With 11 sacks in nine games, defensive end Mario Williams tops our midseason ranking of the Buffalo Bills’ roster. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope
BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Back at the end of July, BBD editors Dan Hope and Ryan Talbot took on the task on ranking every player on the Buffalo Bills’ roster entering the preseason, which was set at 89 players at the time.

More than three months later, the complexion of Buffalo’s roster has certainly changed. Not only are there some new additions and other players no longer on the roster due to injuries or poor performance, some players on the roster have either well exceeded expectations (such as inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, ranked No. 16 in the preseason edition) or had disappointing first halves of the season (running back C.J. Spiller, ranked No. 1 in the preseason, fits this description).

Taking into account how much and how well each of these players have performed in Buffalo’s first nine games this season, we hit the reset button on our roster ranking and put together a ranking of the 53 players who currently make up the Bills roster with seven games left to play in the regular season.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns: Week 5 Live Game Thread

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel left the game in the third quarter after taking a hit to his knee. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Cleveland Browns defeated the Buffalo Bills to move to 3-2 on the season. Buffalo lost 37-24, but the real story is Buffalo losing EJ Manuel to a right knee injury.

Once Manuel was out of the game, Cleveland’s defense was able to handle the Bills, minus a one yard Fred Jackson touchdown. Jeff Tuel came in and played to the best of his ability, but finished the game 8/20 for 80 yards and one interception. Based upon Tuel’s play, I’d be shocked if the Bills didn’t call the recently released Josh Freeman. In fact, don’t be surprised if Freeman is a Buffalo Bill by the time you wake up tomorrow. That’s only my opinion of course.

Defensively, the Bills played decently. They flustered Brandon Weeden throughout the game, but Weeden didn’t force many passes. The lack of turnovers hurt the Bills as did some big plays from Brandon Weeden and Willis McGahee. Late in the game, Buffalo gave up a 3rd and 18 that allowed the Browns to get into field goal range to extend their lead to six.

The Bills get some extra time off before playing the Cincinnati Bengals on October 13th. The extra time should help the Bills get some key players back into the secondary, and let those who are playing banged up, heal a bit.The season’s not over, but Buffalo needs to have some healthy additions to their lineup next week.

While it’s disappointing that the Bills are 2-3, they’ve competed in every game this season despite a laundry list of injuries. The future looks bright for Buffalo, but the team may not be able to overcome their early season injuries. No one should give up on the season yet, but the Bills have a tough four game stretch coming up with the Bengals, Dolphins, Saints and Chiefs on the horizon.

 

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